House of Representatives yesterday clarified that the Lagos- Calabar rail line was not included in the budget document as submitted to it by the Presidency.
The lower chamber, however, accused the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of attempting to smuggle in the rail project in the budget.
Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Abdurazak Namdas stated this while clearing the air on the controversy trailing the 2016 budget.
Namdas said that Amaechi met with the committee chairmen of Land Transport of both chambers with the intension of including the rail project in the budget.
He recalled that the budget was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 22, 2015 and had nothing like Calabar-Lagos rail project in it.
He said that there was no way that the National Assembly could have removed the said item from the budget, adding that it was on record that some people tampered with the budget.
The lawmaker hinted that the National Assembly received budget from the Presidency and not from the minister.
The House spokesman further informed that the 8th National Assembly had a legislative agenda that was in tandem with President Buhari’s agenda.
Namdas informed that the House had not received the budget document back from the Presidency.
According to him, “The media is awashed with stories that the National Assembly removed the Lagos-Calabar rail line from the budget.
“We could not have removed what was not included in the budget.
“By law, nobody is allowed to bring any proposal other that the president”.

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